Deciding what to feed your Bullmastiff puppy and adult Bullmastiff is a question often asked and debated.
All the information on our website should be considered as a guideline. Please consult your breeder and/or Vet with any questions or concerns you may have in regard to your puppies/adult Bullmastiff nutritional requirements.
When you first pick up your Bullmastiff puppy you should have discussed with your breeder your puppies feeding routine(how much and how often) along with what foods the breeder has raised your puppy on. Some breeders may be willing to provide a few days supply of dog food for your puppy until he/she gets settled in. If at all possible, gradually change your puppies diet over the course of a few days.
Veterinarians, owners and breeders all have their own opinion on what a good diet is for a Bullmastiff. With so many choices of dog foods, all natural dog foods and feeding RAW. Your best bet is to educate your self on what ingredients go into your dog food of choice. Bullmastiff are not picky eaters and they love to eat. So make sure not to over feed them.
Ok, so your at your local pet shop or super market looking to pick up some puppy food for your new puppy. Let me suggest looking at the ingredients of the dog food your planning to buy. Remember your dog is a carnivore.
Ideally you want a food that is high in meat and low in fillers. Foods that start with corn indicate you paid for mainly indigestible fillers in a pretty bag. You want a meat source, and even better meal. Meal is meat without water weight. Many good dog foods have more than one source of meat like beef, turkey, fish or lamb. You want to be able to identify the meat. Poultry is bad. What is it, it could be anything. Poultry is a description for all feathered animals, and could even be left over pieces not fit for human consumption? Chicken, turkey or duck are good. You know what meat is used and not left wondering.
By-products are also a touchy subject. This is another one, what is it?? Unspecific ingredients such as ‘animal fat’ what is it?? It could be a dead, diseased, disabled or dying animal prior to slaughter. If you don’t know what it is or the description is vague, its probably something you should stay away from. Dog food is not marketed to your pet, they just wanna eat. Its marketed to people. Come on, your dog does not care what the bag looks like.
Lets take a minute and think which dog food companies also own human manufacturing companies? WOW, think about it. A nice way to reuse your left over (by-products) for free. Ok what big businesses own pet food companies? Nestlé – Alpo, Come ‘N Get It, Mighty Dog, Chef’s Blend, Fancy Feast, Friskies, Kit ‘N Kaboodle, Deli-Cat, and Nestlé Purina products such as Dog Chow, Pro Plan, Beneful and Purina One. Colgate-Palmolive – Hill’s Science Diet Pet Food. Del Monte – 9-Lives, Kibbles `n Bits, Cycle, Gravy Train, Nature’s Recipe, and Reward. Procter & Gamble – Eukanuba and Iams. Mars – Pedigree, Advance, Cesar, Whiskas and Sheba
So after reading this, does it make you wonder what good dog food ingredients are? One of my favorite brands of dog food are Timberwolf Organics. Check out the ingredients:Fresh elk, salmon meal, millet, sweet potatoes, oats, flaxseed, carrot, watercress, spinach, celery, parsley, fennel seed, wild salmon oil, atlantic kelp, alfalfa, potassium chloride, amaranth, currants, cranberries, pears, figs, thyme, anise seed, ground cinnamon bark, fenugreek, garlic pieces, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, apples, chicory root, spirulina, choline chloride, lecithin, probiotics: (lactobacillus acidophilus, lactobacillus casei, lactobacillus lactis, bacillus bifidum, streptococcus diacetilactis, bacillus subtillus), taurine, mixed tocopherols (a source of vitamin E), lysine, zinc proteinate, iron proteinate, manganese proteinate, thiamine, methionine, carnitine, niacin, vitamin A supplement, calcium pantothenate, riboflavin supplement, vitamin B12 supplement, iodine proteinate, vitamin D3 supplement, biotin, folic acid, pyridoxine (a source of vitamin B6), cobalt proteinate, papain, yucca schidigera extract.
Our dogs and puppies at azbullmastiffpuppies are family and are treated as such. We shop for their food the same way we shop for our own.